It's our home conditions, we should have read the pitch better: Dhoni

CHENNAI: Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni wasn't satisfied that his batsmen failed to read the sluggish Chepauk observe and weren't discreet in their shot selection right through their six-wicket loss in opposition to Mumbai Indians within the first IPL Qualifier on Tuesday.

CSK may just score best 131 for four batting first, a goal that was surpassed in 18.3 overs.

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"At home, we had to assess the conditions quickly. We have played 6 to 7 games already, that's the home advantage. We needed to know how the pitch behaves, would it be tacky? Is the ball coming on or not, those were the things we didn't do well, I think the batting needs to get better," CSK skipper didn't mince words at the post-match presentation ceremony.

Dhoni was particularly critical about the truth that shot selection wasn't the most efficient in many cases right through the previous few games.

"These are the best batsmen we have got, it looks like we are batting well, but at times, but in different games, they pull off shots that shouldn't be played. These are the players who we have banked on. They have the experience and they should know to assess the conditions better, hopefully, we will do well in the next game," mentioned.

While the spinners didn't have a large total to defend, Dhoni idea that they must have bowled a bit wider from the batsmen.

"I think we were a bit unlucky at times, some balls dropped right in the middle, a few catches weren't taken. We perhaps had to bowl slightly away from the batsmen, we didn't have runs on the board, every boundary conceded in a 130 defence is bad."

He had a word of warning now that CSK has lost 4 out of their closing six games but are nonetheless within the hunt having completed within the top two.

"It isn't good to lose games at such times, but it is good that we finished in the top-two, rather than going over the wicket, we now need to go round the wicket, that means the journey takes a longer time. But luckily, we finished in the top-two and that gives us a second chance."
It's our home conditions, we should have read the pitch better: Dhoni It's our home conditions, we should have read the pitch better: Dhoni Reviewed by Kailash on May 08, 2019 Rating: 5
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